Organisers of the internationally renowned Vans Warped Tour have been quick to warn fans of the dangers of overheating given the crazy hot climate the festival is currently operating in. Though they are yet to directly address the issue, heat is said to be a contributing factor to a young fan’s death at the event over the weekend.
According to Billboard, the festivalgoer was aged nineteen or early twenties. She was found laying on the grass with no vital signs. Those who found her attempted CPR, with several people trying life saving procedures, though none of them had success.
When medics showed up they began life support measures, which also failed to revive the girl. The tragedy took place in front of The Flats @ Molson Amphitheatre at around 12:40pm (40 minutes after doors opened) on the final Canadian leg of the 2012 Warped franchise. I’ve had a solid hunt to find which band was performing at the stage, to no avail; any ideas guys?
Everyone around at the time was cleared of any wrongdoing and the police have labelled a preexisting medical condition as the key suspect for the girl’s death. This is a strong reminder to always stay hydrated when at festivals.
Update: Monday, 3:46pm.
While Warped Tour are yet to issue their official statement, more information has come through in regards to the fans passing. 19 year-old Taylor Nesseth is said to have passed away due to a heart attack. The teenager, from Ontario, Canada had been waiting for the event for a long time, even delivering a now heart breaking tweet voicing her excitement. It has also been revealed that Chelsea Grin were on stage when Nesseth first collapsed. The band has released an official statement via twitter, check it out below.
Our hearts go out to the person who died today. We still don’t know everything that happened but it’s no time for jokes on our page.
— Chelsea Grin (@ChelseaGrinUT) July 15, 2012
Have to be up in 10 minutes…oh well. Warped tour today! I’d say I’m excited, but that’s not enough.
— Taylor Nesseth (@taylorrr201) July 15, 2012
Update, Tuesday 3:40
Organisers of Vans Warped Tour have released an official statement regarding the passing og the festival goer. The statement was released through the official Warped Tour blog.
“The Vans Warped Tour family is saddened by the death of a patron attending Toronto’s concert at The Flats at Molson Canadian Amphitheater on July 15, 2012. The patron collapsed and was immediately attended to by security and venue medical staff. After attempts to resuscitate on the grounds, the patron was later pronounced dead after arriving at a local hospital. Out of respect for the family, we have not released the name of the patron. The cause of the death has yet to be determined but the Warped Tour and Molson Amphitheater staff are working closely with the authorities to investigate and determine the nature surrounding the incident and will make further details known as they become available. Our deepest condolences are with the patron’s family and friends.”